Tuesday 20th June 2017, Miriam Vale.
We are on our way home again, and where did the week go. We did go touring around Byfield National park. There were several gravel roads leading into camp grounds, and that was about all. The camp grounds did have a bush walk each, so all was not lost, we did get a bit of exercise. There was also some 4 wheel driving along sand dunes and such but we decided not to go there. Linda’s back was playing up with all the bumping, and to let all my tyres down only to pump them up again was to be a bother, and I was not going to do any dune running or any running on the beach, salt water and all that, so we had to call it quits with what we did see. We did meet Peter and Kris again before we left. They came over to Emu Park to attend a country music and dance affair, so they called in for lunch beforehand, and them came back for dinner afterwards. It was nice catching up with them and meeting Kris at last, although they did drop in at home for a very short visit a couple of weeks ago.
We are now at a small town called Miriam Vale, just for the night at a park behind a roadhouse. We have heard good reports about this park, and the pizzas they make at the roadhouse, so it will be that for dinner tonight. About the only thing negative I have noticed with the park so far is the smell of dirty drains, but it is only overnight.
Friday 16th June 2017, Emu Park.
We have thoroughly enjoyed our few days here to the extent that we are thinking of making regular trips here in future. We had a trip to Yeppoon, actual Yeppoon, yesterday just for a look around the district as it has been so long since being here. As soon as we saw different locations the memories came back instantly. Linda was a bit thrilled when we went to Cooee Bay and stepped over the rocks to see the cliff faces, and saw several tortoises swimming around in the water. We have seen them before, but not in the actual wild. More touring has been put off today as Linda has an upset tummy, and we are not going anywhere like that.
Tuesday 13th June 2017, Emu Park.
We had a day With Peter, brother in-law, today and had a good time catching up. Kris was working all day so we met up and went out for a meal so we did end up spending time with her as well. Peter gave us a tour around Rocky and showed us some places we probably didn’t see on our previous visits. Tomorrow will be a relaxing day, washing, and perhaps a trip to Yeppoon proper.
Monday 12th June 2017, Emu Park.
We have finally reached Yeppoon, well close anyway, we are parked at the southern end of the populated area including Yeppoon, several K’s away. We booked in for 8 days, being our limit due to bookings. We were going to look at nearly two weeks but no deal. We will look at stopping somewhere on the way home for a couple of extra days, like Redbrook because Linda would like to spend some time in Chinchilla, so we could do that while there. Have already contacted Peter and will be visiting tomorrow while we are in there doing grocery shopping. Linda found that the IGA here is a little expensive so seeing we are going into Rocky we will do the major shopping there.
Sunday 11th June 2017, Benaraby.
Another move sees us at a small town of Benaraby, near Gladstone, just for an overnight stop before we move to Yeppoon tomorrow.
Lake Redbrook would be an ideal place for nothing but relaxation, and fishing with the family. It is in the centre of a large sugar cane growing area 15K from Childers, so one can’t just get up and walk to the shops as one does. They have a couple of walks around the lake which show off the abundant wild-life around the lake. There are birds galore, and they have a large pen containing deer, a couple of miniature ponies and along the walks to see these there is an orchard with various fruit trees. A sign hanging says “take what you can carry only”, so one can get some fruit when ripe. We could well return there for just a couple of days, which we possibly plan on our return trip, but you would literally have to be prepared to do nothing at all if you were to stay longer.
Benaraby seems to be reasonable for an overnight only, not much about. We are considering another town of Mirriam Vale on the way home.